1. What are the most effective ways for a European patent holder whose rights cover your jurisdiction to enforce its rights in your jurisdiction?
The silver bullet is an infringement action on the merits to be filed with one of the German ‘Ivy League’ courts for patent infringement. The choice of venue must be made in view of complexity of the case and time constraints. The ‘big four’ patent infringement courts – Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Hamburg and Munich (with Dusseldorf taking a clear lead) – handle about 1,000 patent litigation actions every year.